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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun.

Forewing: 3-4mm.

Foodplant: Sycamore.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20112006198420062005
Year last recorded20142014201420132005
Number of records136651
Number of individuals146662
Unique positions34431
Unique locations34431
Adult records136651
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 31 records from 15 sites. First recorded in 1984.


04.076 Ectoedemia decentella 03
© Derek Parkinson, 2009
04.076 Ectoedemia decentella 02
© Derek Parkinson, 4 Jul 2006
04.076 Ectoedemia decentella 01
© Charlie Streets, 8 Jun 2011

Species Account

Agassiz et al: 4.076 Ectoedemia decentella becomes Etainia decentella.

Argus 50, 2005:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, two on 9.7.2005 det. HEB (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 52, 2006:
VC62. Saltburn, 11.6.2006 (DM). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 63, 2011:
VC61. Lund, 25.5.2011 (MCo); North Ferriby, 13, 25 & 26.6.2011 (IM). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): The larval mines can be tricky to find on the seeds of sycamores. Nearly all of our records are of adult moths attracted to light. One of the easier members of the Nepticulidae to identify with its very distinctive black and white markings.

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